What do you really know about your septic system?
Let’s start with some basics.
If you own any type of residential or commercial property, you may or may not have a septic system. Properties in highly developed municipalities are often serviced by a communal system that treats wastewater coming from all properties within that municipality for a monthly fee. These fees can get pretty pricey. In any case, you likely know whether you pay a monthly “water and sewer bill” or not. Properties located in rural areas and less-developed municipalities will be required to have a system to treat the wastewater that is offloaded from any occupied structures. It is essentially a miniature version of the community wastewater treatment plants located in developed municipalities, and is called an “in home septic system”. It will need attention and maintenance. From time to time, it might even need to be upgraded.
Do You Need an Aeration Septic System?
Installing septic tank aerators is probably the major way that most people upgrade their systems. Does that sound complex and confusing? It doesn’t need to be. Here are the basics:
- There are two basic kinds of residential and commercial septic systems: aeration septic systems and systems without aeration. The systems with aeration have multiple wastewater holding tanks and a mechanical pump that introduces oxygen into one of the tanks. The oxygen contains additional bacteria that work on the solid wastes present in the water, breaking them down quickly and effectively. Systems without aeration still break down the solids. It just takes a longer time for them to do so using these other types of septic pumps.
- Increased usage of the occupied structures on your property is one of the major reasons to upgrade the septic system to a hiblow model motor and aerator septic system. Most structures are zoned for only a certain number of people with regard to occupancy, so if the occupancy increases, it may be necessary to change the configuration of the wastewater disposal system to accommodate a greater output. This is particularly true if you are remodeling a structure to facilitate a greater capacity. It is also true if you are changing the way you utilize water on your property in a way that subsequently offloads more waste. In these cases, upgrading to an aeration system that breaks down solids more efficiently might be a reasonable choice.
- Some people are very concerned about the environment. This may be another reason to upgrade to a more efficient septic system. No matter how carefully we treat our wastewater, it is eventually returned to the environment. Wastewater that is full of chemicals and other additives can negatively impact the environmental balance of flora and fauna in a myriad of ways. There are arguments to be made that upgrading to a more efficient septic system can minimize the environmental impact of your property or business.
- Sometimes, opportunities for improvements just present themselves, seemingly out of nowhere. We are all familiar with a story about someone who has had a major issue with their septic system resulting in an ugly and expensive excavation. If you are in this situation, it is a great time to evaluate whether you want to upgrade.